Prediabetes is a condition that affects 88 million Americans – or 1 in 3 people – and it means that a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough yet for a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. The good news is prediabetes can often be reversed with a healthier diet and more physical activity.
UT Health Services offers a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program to prevent Type 2 diabetes. It is designed for people who have prediabetes or are at risk for Type 2 diabetes.
A trained lifestyle coach leads the program to help you change certain aspects of your lifestyle, like eating healthier, reducing stress, and getting more physical activity. The program also includes group support from others who share your goals and struggles.
This lifestyle change program is not a fad diet or an exercise class. And it’s not a quick fix. It is a yearlong program focused on long-term changes and lasting results.
A year might sound like a long commitment, but learning new habits, gaining new skills, and building confidence takes time. As you begin to eat better and become more active, you will notice changes in how you feel, and maybe even in how you look.
Research shows that CDC-recognized lifestyle change program participants who lost 5-7% of their body weight and added 150 minutes of exercise per week cut their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by up to 58% (71% for people over 60 years old).
Even a decade later, program participants were one-third less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than individuals who did not join a program.
The program can also lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, improve your health, help you feel more energetic, and even reverse your prediabetes diagnosis.
To register for a free orientation session, email Darrine.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.